About two years ago, while volunteering at the Warrior Transition Battalion, volunteers with the United Service Organizations of North Carolina Fort Bragg Center recognized the need for a USO satellite center at the WTB facility.

Beverly Jackson, USO-NC Fort Bragg Center assistant director, said the group of volunteers worked with the USO and the WTB command team to open up a center in the barracks building at the WTB.

Its a great opportunity to have a presence here, Jackson said. Its like having a home away from home for them.

The WTB barracks building does not have a common area so the USO satellite center offers a place for service members to congregate and relax, she said.

The center is open Monday through Thursday evenings for those assigned to the WTB and their Families.

Each evening, a USO sponsor provides dinner, Jackson explained.

Its a morale booster, especially for E-4s and below who might have financial troubles, said Staff Sgt. Carlos Henriquez, WTB Cadre. A lot of people come through (the center), they really enjoy it.

The center also offers DVDs, video game systems, a large flat screen TV and sitting area, a kitchen and board games.

During a Valentine Open House event, Feb. 8, the USO, in partnership with Corvias, opened for lunch and provided food and cake to visitors.

Its important for the Fort Bragg community to know its a wonderful volunteer opportunity for anyone who wants to serve wounded service members, said Renee Lane, USO-NC Fort Bragg Center director.

For more information about USO-NC, visit www.uso-nc.org or call the Fort Bragg center at 495-1437.